February 24, 2023

What are the different types of dental fillings?

Dental fillings are a common procedure used by dentists to treat cavities. Dental fillings come in a variety of materials, including amalgam (or silver), composite resin (white or tooth-colored), gold, ceramic, and even glass ionomer. Dental filling services in Idaho Falls offer all these types of fillings and can work with patients to determine the best type for their needs.

Types of Filings

1. Silver amalgam fillings

Silver amalgam fillings are a type of dental filling commonly used to treat cavities and restore the functionality of teeth. These fillings are made from a combination of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury – hence the term “amalgam”. While silver amalgam fillings have been in existence since the early 1800s, they have been the subject of debate amongst dental professionals and patients due to concerns about their safety.

There are both pros and cons to using silver amalgam fillings. One of the advantages is that they are relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of fillings, such as composite or porcelain. Silver amalgam also lasts longer than other types of fillings, so patients can enjoy their restored teeth for longer. Additionally, silver amalgam is a durable material and is able to withstand the everyday wear and tear of chewing and biting.

2. Composite fillings

Composite fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, are a type of dental treatment used to repair cavities, cracks, chips, and other surface damage on the teeth. The material is made up of a mixture of plastic and glass particles and is designed to be strong and durable yet match the natural color of the tooth. 

When composite fillings are applied, the dentist will first remove any decay from the affected tooth before preparing it for the filling. The dentist will then use special instruments to shape and contour the cavity so that it can properly hold the filling material in place. After this, a bonding agent is applied to create a stronger bond between the tooth and the composite material. Once the bonding is complete, the filling material is applied in small increments until it covers the affected area and blends seamlessly with your tooth.

3. Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are an alternative to traditional amalgam (silver) fillings. These fillings are made from a combination of glass and ceramic materials, which provide strength and durability while also matching the natural color of your teeth. 

Ceramic fillings are often used to restore decayed, chipped, or broken teeth. They can also be used to replace old amalgam fillings. In contrast to the dark gray appearance of amalgam fillings, ceramic fillings match the natural color of your tooth enamel and blend in with your smile. This makes them a great option for repairing molars and incisors that are visible when you smile.

4. Glass Ionomer Fillings

Glass ionomer fillings are a type of dental filling used to treat cavities and other areas of tooth decay. They are made out of a mix of acrylic and silicate glass polymers, hence the name “glass ionomer”. The result is a material that is strong, durable, and less likely to cause further damage or decay to the affected tooth. Glass ionomer fillings are designed to release a small amount of fluoride into the surrounding tooth, helping to protect it from further damage and decay. The glass particles in the filling also bond directly with the enamel layer of the tooth, allowing for a more secure seal than other types of filling materials. This

This makes glass ionomer fillings more resistant to wear and tear and other forms of damage, making them ideal for treating cavities in hard-to-reach areas. Glass ionomers are also a great option for temporary fillings or fillings that need to be replaced in a short period of time. The material is much easier to remove than other types of filling material, and it can be replaced without the need for costly and invasive dental surgery.

Dental Filling Service

Taylorview Dental's tooth filling service starts with teeth cleaning as well as providing education to help you to understand what they are if you need them, and what types of fillings we offer.

As a dental care provider in Idaho Falls, we get asked a plethora of questions pertaining to fillings including which are our most popular, if they are safe, what the fillings are composed of, and which fillings we recommend for children. 

As dentists serving the Idaho Falls community, we aim to help you decide which filling is best for you. Our fillings can last up to 15 years and our goal is to leave you with long-lasting results that solve and prevent further problems.

There is no need to be scared.